West Bengal - Gadiara

 

Gadiara was home to Lord Clive’s Fort, Fort Mornington. The fort was later abandoned, and it was destroyed in the floods of 1942. Today, Gadiara is a place to spend a lazy day, in the pollution free banks of the river Ganges. Ganges is special here, The Rupnarain river and the Damodar river meets the Ganges here, and so the Ganges is very very wide here, giving the impression of a mini sea side. Sunrise and Sunset are picturesque here. It is a favorite place of all Kolkatans for picnics and weekend outings. Take walk along the shores, and feel unblemished nature, marred perhaps only by the increasing population.
Quite a few hotels have come up, which have also contributed in bringing the undesirable touches on civilization in the place. Boating is a favorite activity, and you should take a ride from the ferrighat. Launches are available from Gadiara to Nurpur on the other side and to Geokhali from there and back to Gadiara. The whole journey will take about 2 hours. There is also a small island created by River Rupnarain, which can be visited by a boat.

 

If you are going for picnics, you will find scores of like minded people. West Bengal Govt. tourism has a bungalow there, in which you can stay and can also rent shades for picnics. Contact tourism center at 033-22437260

You can also take up any space along the banks for your picnic. On small payments, you will also get help from locals.

Nurpur: It lies on the opposite bank of Gadiara, and if you are taking a bus from Kolkata to reach Gadiara, always take buses to Nurpur, and cross the river on Launch, it will save you hours of time. Nurpur had once been the den of pirates. Now it has a light house and a missionary’s orphanage where palm trees abound. The river here will be dotted with launches, ferries, with an occasional ship passing by. It is a nice scene to enjoy.

Geokhali: Ever since Gadiara has become crowded and have commercialized, Geonkhali has taken a special place in traveler’s hearts. It seems like a painting on a canvas., with River Ganges doing the honors. Devoid of maddening crowd, Geonkhali will give you a day of totally pollution free living in nature’s lap.

One can take a bus to Mahishadal Rajbari, and check it out. There is also the 200 years old, 13 pointed Rath that should be visited. In times of Rathyatra, there is a 15 day mela here. The Adivasi deith of Boram Chandi is also quite famous, so are Ruxini devi and ram mandir. Geonkhali can also be reached by taking a local Train to Mecheda from howrah, and then by bus to Geonkhali.

Deuti: Take a car from Kolkata and Deulti will fall on Bombay road, now a part of the golden quadrilateral. You will find the great author Sarat Chandra Chattophadhaya’s home at samtaberh, also called Panitras. There is a resort called Nirala too, where you can stay.

Kolaghat: Known for its hilsa catch, kolaghat is another place for picnics. Subject to permission, you can also visit the Kolaghat thermal power unit. There is also the irrigation department’s bungalow, called Denan.

Mahisrekha: Not very far off is Mahisrekha. The river is Damodar here and the place is about 4 kms from kulgachia. A heaven for bird watchers, sunsets are great to watch here. Barring the rainy season, you can walk across the shallow waters of Damodar, on its golden sand. The best place is the Irrigation department’s bungalow, which can be booked from 11a, Mirza Galib st., Kolkata 87.

Gorchumuk: Another very famous place for picnics, the winter weekends of Garchumuk sees thousands of picnic and outing lovers. The spot has Asia’s largest sluice gates, counting to 58. You can boat; cook your own food for picnics on the piece of picnic land that covers more than 3 hectors, covered with large trees of every species. There is also a mini zoological park that has deer, porcupines and nilgais, a species of rare Himalayan deer.

One can also visit the cool place called Belari, which has a Sir RamKrishna Ashram. Belari is about 4 kms from Garchumuk.

If you want to stay, there are guest houses of Zila parishad. However, most make it a day’s visit from Kolkata. Garchumuk is about 21 kilometers from Gadiara, and the best way to reach is by car. However, you can also take a bus from CSTC stand of Dharmatala, Kolkata. Trains should be avoided as the route is circuitous.
One have to get down at Uluberia station and then take a bus and then a rickshaw or by foot.

 

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